April 2, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel today said freshman offensive tackle Alex Boone, who early Sunday morning was cited for driving under the influence, would be placed in the Athletics Department’s drug and alcohol counseling program.

In accordance with departmental policy, Boone, a first-time offender, is not subject to any loss of practice or playing time. He may, however, face additional sanctions from the coach.

“I consider any drug or alcohol offense to be a very serious matter and will treat this incident accordingly,” said Tressel. “The last thing we told the team after practice yesterday morning was to set their clocks ahead an hour when they went to bed at 10 o’clock last night. I am disappointed that message did not get through to everyone.”

The 6-8, 315-pound Boone played in 11 games last year as a true freshman.